Nutrient timing (a.k.a. meal timing) is the eating of foods at strategic times to increase performance, stimulate recovery, build muscle, or lose fat.
Many people feel that nutrient timing is important; however, studies are not conclusive. For example, bodybuilders have been consuming protein within 30 minutes post-workout in what is known as the “anabolic window” to stimulate muscle protein synthesis – the repairing of muscle. Conversely, others claim that meal timing is not as important as total daily protein intake. So who is right?
At MacroLab Nutrition, we believe that meal timing is important; however, energy balance (calories in vs. out) should be established and broken down into macronutrient goals. Micronutrient intake should also be adequate – for health. Once these are in place, our Nutrient Timing Guide (download below) will map out what and when to eat based on various workout times.